Thursday, April 12, 2012

Baltimore Activist Alert

Baltimore Activist Alert Apr. 13 - Apr. 19, 2012


"I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours.

The initiative to stop it must be ours." -Martin Luther King Jr.


Friends, this list and other email documents which I send out are done under the auspices of the Baltimore Nonviolence Center.  Go to  If you appreciate this information and would like to make a donation, send contributions to BNC, 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218.  Max Obuszewski can be reached at 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski [at]


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1] Books, buttons and stickers

2] Web site for info on federal legislation

3] Join Nonviolent Resistance lists  

4] Buy coffee through HoCoFoLA  

5] Another BDC is Possible – Apr. 13

6] Protect Bill of Rights – Apr. 13

7] White House vigil – Apr. 13

8] WIB Inner Harbor vigil – Apr. 13

9] WIB Roland Park vigil – Apr. 13

10] Justice for Palestine/Israel vigil – Apr. 13

11] Silent peace vigil – Apr. 13

12] Economy for the 99% – Apr. 13

13] Ballroom dancing – Apr. 13

14] Free Mumia Special Pre-Event – Apr. 13

15] Film on Mumia – Apr. 13

16] Farmer's Market – Apr. 14

17] Activate Inner Citizen – Apr. 14

18] SOA WATCH conference – Apr. 14

19] Money Out of Politics -- Apr. 14

20] NAACP Tour – Apr. 14

21] Olney peace vigil – Apr. 14

22] West Chester, PA demo – Apr. 14

23] Protest at Pakistan Embassy – Apr. 14

24] OccuFest – Apr. 14

25] Silent vigil at Capitol – Apr. 14

26] Network's 40th Anniversary – Apr. 14

27] DSA meeting – Apr. 14

28] Afghan Woman's Fundraiser – Apr. 14

29] Film 5 BROKEN CAMERAS – Apr. 14

30] Youth Film Festival – Apr. 14

31] Occupy Earth Week – Apr. 15

32] SOA strategy session – Apr. 15

33] 99% Spring training – Apr. 15

34] Elusive Justice – Apr. 15

35] Petition against NDAA – Apr. 15

36] Get on Bridge for Peace – Apr. 15

37] 99% Spring training – Apr. 15

38] Tax Day street theater – Apr. 15

39] Philadelphia Peace Vigil – Apr. 15

40] Red Emma's meeting – Apr. 15

41] SOA Watch concert – Apr. 16

42] Pentagon Vigil – Apr. 16



1] – Buttons, bumperstickers and books are available.  "God Bless the Whole World, No Exceptions" stickers are in stock. Donate your books to Max. Call him at 410-366-1637.


2] – To obtain information how your federal legislators voted on particular bills, go to  Congressional toll-free numbers are 888-818-6641, 888-355-3588 or 800-426-8073. The White House Comment Email is accessible at

3] – THE ORGANIZING LIST will be the primary decision-making mechanism of the National Campaign of Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR].  It will be augmented by conference calls and possibly in-person meetings as needed.  It will consist of 1 or 2 representatives from each local, regional, or national organization (not coalitions) that wishes to actively work to carry out the NCNR campaign of facilitating and organizing nonviolent resistance to the war in Iraq.


To join the ORGANIZING List, please send your name, group affiliation, city and email address to  Different local chapters of a national organization are encouraged to subscribe.  


THE NOTICES LIST will include only notices of NCNR actions and related information and is open to any interested person to subscribe.  It will be moderated to maintain focus & will include periodic notices about getting involved in NCNR national organizing.  To join the NOTICES List, send an email message to You will get a confirmation message once subscribed.  If you have problems, please write to the list manager at


4] – You can help safeguard human rights and fragile ecosystems through your purchase of HOCOFOLA Café Quetzal. Bags of ground coffee or whole beans can be ordered by mailing in an order form. Also note organic cocoa and sugar are for sale.  For more details and to download the order form, go to The coffee comes in one-pound bags.


Fill out the form and mail it with a check made out to HOCOFOLA on or before the second week of the month.  Be sure you indicate ground or beans for each type of coffee ordered.  Send it to Adela Hirsch, 5358 Eliots Oak Rd., Columbia, MD 21044.  Be sure you indicate ground (G) or bean (B) for each type of coffee ordered. The coffee will arrive some time the following week and you will be notified where to pick it up.  Contact Adela at 410-997-5662 or via e-mail at


5] – Another BDC is Possible, a Spring Development Forum, is happening on Sat., May 5 at 3 PM at 36 S. Charles St. Go to


If you want to find out more about what community driven development looks like, and how you can help make the Forum a success, there are two organizing meetings and workshops on alternative economic development. The first is at 7 PM on Thurs., Apr. 12 at the Baltimore Free School, 514 W. Franklin St. The second meeting will happen at 2 PM on Sun., Apr. 22 at the Free School. Go to


6] –  Join the Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition in petitioning to protect the Bill of Rights on Fridays from 8:30 to 9:30 AM at the Takoma Park Metro Station. Email



7] – A peace vigil takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at Lafayette Park facing the White House.  Join the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker and friends. Contact Art Laffin:   


8] – Every Friday from noon to 1 PM, Women in Black, Baltimore, host a vigil at Pratt and Light Sts. in the Inner Harbor. Peace signs will be available. See or write or call 410-467-9114.


9] – There is also a noon vigil on Apr. 13 at Roland Park Place at 830 W. 40th St.  Call 410-467-9114.


10] – A vigil for Justice in Palestine/Israel (now in its 8th year) takes place every Friday from noon to 1 PM at 19th & JFK Blvd., Philadelphia (across from Israeli Consulate.  It is sponsored by Bubbies & Zaydes (Grandparents) for Peace in the Middle East. Email Go to


11] – There is a silent vigil on Fri., Apr. 13 from 5 to 6 PM outside of Homewood Friends Meeting, 3107 N. Charles St., in opposition to war in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan. Placards say: "War Is Not the Answer." The silent vigil is sponsored by AFSC, Homewood Friends and Stony Run Meetings.  


12] – An Economy for the 99%: How to close the wealth divide and meet our human needs is happening on Fri., Apr. 13 from 7 to 9 PM at Luther Place, 1226 Vermont Ave. NW (near Thomas Circle), WDC.  A panel will present solutions and answer questions from the audience about ways that we can build an economy that works for everyone. Creating a democratized economy is fundamental to shifting the power base in this country away from concentrated wealth, the 1%, to the people, the 99%. The panel members are Gar Alperovitz, Margaret Flowers, Gareth Porter and Kevin Zeese. Go to


13] – There is an opportunity to participate in ballroom dancing, usually every Friday of the month, in the JHU ROTC Bldg. at 8 PM.  Turn south on San Martin Dr. from the intersection of Univ. Parkway and 39th St.  Drive on campus by taking the third left turn. The next dance will be Apr. 13.  Call Dave Greene at 410-599-3725.

14] – There is a Free Mumia Special Pre-Event on Fri., Apr. 13 at 8 PM at Busboys & Poets, 5th & K Sts. NW, WDC. There will be live performances and speakers. Join in for a communal night of celebration, reflection and planning. A coalition of Occupy The Justice Department organizers is hosting this event in preparation of the April 24th Occupy The Justice Department civil disobedience action.  Visit

15] – Justice on Trial: A Film and Panel on Mumia takes place on Fri., Apr. 13 from 8:30 to 10:30 PM at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW, WDC.

16] – Go to the West Baltimore Farmer's Market for fresh fruits, vegetables, breads and other treats every Saturday from 8 to noon.  CPHA has worked with the West Baltimore Marc TOD and Transit Inc. (WBMTTI) to establish a Farmer's Market at the West Baltimore Marc Train stop at Smallwood Road at Franklin and Mulberry Sts.  Since opening in June, over 300 people buy fresh groceries there every Saturday morning. WBMTTI will continue to include the community in the transit-oriented developments on the west side and continue to improve the area around "the highway to nowhere" until it becomes the highway to somewhere. Go to

17] – The Spring 2012 edition of the Activate Your Inner Citizen University will be held on Sat., Apr. 14 at the Univ. of Maryland BioPark. It will feature a traditional lineup of leadership training classes. Check in at 8:30 AM, hear the opening speaker and at 9:40 AM the course sessions--Make the Most of Your Meetings, The Importance of a Dynamic Community Newsletter and several other workshops.


The gathering takes place at the Univ. of Maryland BioPark, 801 West Baltimore St., Baltimore 21201. Go to Email


18] – On Sat., Apr. 14 from 9 AM to 4 PM, attend an SOA WATCH conference entitled "International (In)Security," where debunking myths behind the War on Drugs, the War on Terror and the War on Immigrants will take place.  Also there will be a deepening of understanding of U.S. militarization. The conference is kicking off the Days of Action (April 14-17).  Visit


The conference will take place at the Metropolitan Community Church of DC, 474 Ridge St, NW, WDC.  Email Hendrik Voss at


19] – Occupy DC, the Committee on Corporate Personhood, is holding an all day conference called Money out of Politics on Sat., Apr. 14.  Go to 


20] – The NAACP Financial Advocacy and Community Tour (F.A.C.T.) in Annapolis will take place on Sat., Apr. 14 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM at the Sheraton Annapolis Hotel, 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis 21401. Email


21] – Friends House, 17715 Meeting House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860, hosts a peace vigil every Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 AM, on the corner of Rt. 108 and Georgia Ave. in Olney, MD.  The next vigil is Apr. 14. Call Chuck Harker at 301-570-7167. 


22] –  Each Saturday, 11 AM – 1 PM, Chester County Peace Movement holds a peace vigil in West Chester in front of the Chester County Courthouse, High & Market Sts. Go to Email


23] – Protest Against Shi'a Genocide in Pakistan on Sat., Apr. 14 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Embassy of Pakistan, 3517 International Court NW, WDC 20008.  See


24] – OccuFest is happening on Sat., Apr. 14 from 11 AM to 5 PM at Malcolm X Park, 16th & Euclid Sts. NW. At 11 AM, there will be a general assembly.  At noon the performances will begin. See


25] – There will be a peace vigil on the West Lawn of the Capitol at noon on Apr. 14. Look for the blue banner with the message, "Seek Peace and Pursue It.--Psalms 34:14." The vigil lasts one hour and is silent except when one responds to the occasional questions. Go to or email


26] – On Sat., Apr. 14 from 1 to 8 PM be at NETWORK's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Awards Ceremony at Trinity University Social Hall, 125 Michigan Ave. NE, WDC.  At 2 PM there will be a panel discussion moderated by E.J. Dionne and featuring Frida Berrigan, Sister Carol Coston, OP and Dr. Diana L. Hayes.  At 6 PM, enjoy supper.  The Leadership Conference of Women's Religious and A Young Justice Seeker will be honored for their work to promote the common good.  Tickets are $40.  Go to  


27] – Pete Tucker of speaks to Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America's monthly meeting on Sat., Apr. 14 at 2 PM at Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, WDC. An independent journalist, he will speak about what motivated him to look at racial disparities in local media portrayals of DC politicians. Check out


28] – On Sat., Apr. 14 from 3 to 8 PM, there is a fundraiser for the Afghan Women's Fund at Jean Athey's house. Crafts and carpets available for sale, plus hear an inspirational talk by Fahima Vorgetts, head of the Fund. This is an open house with refreshments. Come to 2305 Gold Mine Road, Brookeville, MD 20833. Call Jean at 301-570-0923.


29] – See the film "5 Broken Cameras" on Sat., Apr. 14 at 3:15 PM or Mon., Apr. 16 at 8:45 PM at the Landmark E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW, WDC.  Each camera has a tale to tell. Embedded in the bullet-ridden remains of digital technology is the story of Emad Burnat, a farmer from the Palestinian village of Bil'in, which famously chose nonviolent resistance when the Israeli army encroached upon its land to make room for Jewish colonists. Emad buys his first camera in 2005 to document the birth of his fourth son, Gibreel.


Over the course of the film, he becomes the peaceful archivist of an escalating struggle as olive trees are bulldozed, lives are lost, and a wall is built to segregate burgeoning Israeli settlements. Gibreel's loss of innocence and the destruction of each camera are potent metaphors that portray a conflict many of us think we know. Emad Burnat, a Palestinian, joins forces with Guy Davidi, an Israeli, and the two filmmakers create one extraordinary work of art. Community partners Busboys & Poets, Docs in Progress, Institute For Policy Studies et al. invite you to see the film followed by a discussion with filmmaker Emad Burnat.


30] – On Sat., Apr. 14 from 6 to 8 PM at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Sts., 2021 14th St., the American Friends Service Committee and National Priorities Project invite you to the World Premiere of the 2nd Annual "If I Had A Trillion Dollars" Youth Film Festival. The IHTD Youth Film Festival asks young people to speak out on the federal budget. Go to  Contact Erin Polley at 317-626-0868 or


31] – Occupy Earth Week/IMF-World Bank starts on Sun., Apr. 15 at 8 AM and runs through Sun., Apr. 22 at 8 PM at McPherson Square, 15th and K Sts, NW.  This is a week of direct actions against the polluting and planet destroying forces of the 1%.  Earth Week will be occupied this year, because there is no time to waste.  There will be demonstrations against the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Conference (Apr. 20 - 22). Email and see


32] – School of Americas Watch Strategy Session takes place on Sun., Apr. 15 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM at the Georgetown Law School's McDonough Building, 101 F St. NW. Steeped in the collective knowledge of civil disobedience, what can be planned for futures actions in D.C. at Fort Benning and in our local communities? What about legislation, education, outreach, etc? RSVP at


33] – On Sun., Apr. 15 from 10 AM to 5 PM, the 99% Spring training will take place at the CWA Headquarters, 501 Third St. NW, WDC 20001. See  Register at


34] – Usually, the Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St., Suite 102, Baltimore, MD 21201-4661, meets on Sundays, and generally there is a speaker and discussion from 10:30 to 11:30 AM.  On Sun., Apr. 15, the topic is "Justice: Why So Elusive, So Often?" Judge Andre Davis, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the son of long-time BES member, Gordon Stills, will address the question.  In an October 2000 Baltimore Sun article, Judge Davis offered insight into his judicial philosophy: "I want the loser – and I know there's always going to be a loser, that's the nature of the beast – but I want the loser to be able to say, 'I lost, but I was heard, and I believe that judge gave me every consideration in hearing my side.'" Call 410-581-2322 or visit


35] – The Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition is doing petitioning against the NDAA on Sundays in April from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Farmers Market, Laurel Ave., Takoma Park, MD.  Email Thomas Nephew at


36] – Maryland Bridges for Peace welcomes you to stand for peace Sundays from noon (or thereabouts) to 1 PM on the Spa Creek Bridge in Annapolis.  Contact Lucy at 410-263-7271 or Signs are not allowed to be on a stick or pole.   If there is interest, people will be standing on the Stoney Creek Bridge on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena [410-437-5379 or]. Go to


37] – You know the problem. Now learn the solution! On Sun. Apr. 15 from 11 AM to 6 PM, the Baltimore Council of MoveOn (along with other progressive groups in the 99% Spring) will be holding an Activist Training program. Participants will learn how to tell the story of what happened to our economy and how to take action in campaigns to win change.  The program includes some lecture, some video and a substantial dose of interactive role playing.   The teachers are people who have experience in taking action for social change and who have taken a two day training program.

Lunch will be served as well as other refreshments.  It is all free. The program will be at the University of Baltimore, 1420 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21201. Sign up at  Email


38] – Fund Our Communities will do street theatre on Sun., Apr. 15 at 2 PM in Silver Spring, Georgia and Ellsworth Aves. . It's very creative and will be lots of fun!  See  This is part of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending: You can download the two-page flier:


39] – Every Sunday, 4 to 5 PM, there is a Quaker Peace Vigil at Independence Mall, N. side of Market between 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia. Call 215-421-5811.


40] – Red Emma's needs volunteers.  Stop in to the weekly Sunday meeting at 7 PM at 800 St. Paul St. or email  The next meeting is Apr. 15. There is no meeting on the first Sunday of the month.  Call 410-230-0450. If you would be interested in volunteering or becoming a collective member of 2640, send an email to


41] – SOA Watch Days of Action Concert is happening on Sun., Apr. 15 from 7:30 to 10:30 PM at Haydee's Restaurant, 3102 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, WDC. The concert will include a dance party, so help make the revolution FUN! The proceeds from this benefit concert will help to raise money for scholarships for the SOA Watch Direct Action Training Camp, puppets for the Apr. 16 rally on Congress and space for the conference on Apr. 15. Go to


42] – There is a weekly Pentagon Peace Vigil from 7 to 8 AM on Mondays, since 1987, outside the Pentagon Metro stop.  The next vigil is Mon., Apr. 16, and it is sponsored by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.  Call 202-882-9649.


To be continued.


Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218.  Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: mobuszewski [at] Go to


"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs

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